What Will the Singularity Feel Like?

What will the Singularity feel like? is a popular question these days. It is the moment in time when the changes in technology and society become almost incomprehensible to us. Mobile phones, for example, would be completely unrecognizable to those who were alive in the 1950s. If we lived in 1213, we wouldn’t understand what it would be like to live in a city.

In his novel The Cassini Division, Ken MacLeod described the Singularity as “the Rapture for nerds.” Since then, this phrase has become a common way to describe this time period. But in her latest book, What Will the Singularity Feel Like?, author Catherynne Valente argues that the term “singularity” should be enlarged to include personal singularities. In this view, a singularity is a moment of human existence that no longer resembles their former selves.

The term “singularity” came into use in the late 1990s, when a computer programmed to do certain tasks for man, called an ‘AI,’ became a popular way to refer to the Singularity. But many writers have argued that the term should be expanded to include personal singularities. A personal singularity is a moment in a person’s life where he or she becomes completely unrecognizable to their former self.